WELCOME TO CHATEAU DU MER BEACH RESORT

If this is your first time in my site, welcome! Chateau Du Mer is a beach resort with a beach house and conference Hall. The beach house could now accommodate 10 guests, six in the main floor and four in the first floor( air conditioned room). In addition, you can now reserve your vacation dates ahead and pay the rental fees via PayPal. I hope to see you soon in Marinduque- Home of the Morions and Heart of the Philippines. The photo above was taken during our first Garden Wedding ceremony at The Chateau Du Mer Gardens. You can now read the national and international news in this blog at the right side bar. I have also posted my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own, but I have no intention on the infringement of your copyrights!

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 Marinduque Awaits You

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Another Simple Christmas Decor Again This Year

Our Capiz Parol in our Living Room Picture Window-The Focus of our simple Season Decor

Every year for the last three decades when all the kids were gone, Macrine and I decided to have the Christmas decorations in and out of the house be simple and easy to install and remove and would not require more than 3 hours to install. WE USED TO buy real Christmas trees( from 10ft to 15ft) when the 4 D's were still residing with us. The tree was for them, but now that they have their own families, Macrine and I are happy with our 6-foot pre-lit artificial tree with just our White House Ornaments collection and other small photo ornaments. We have also a small Christmas tree made of candies ( see photo).

Tree with Lanzones Wood Carving of Belen from the Philippines

Close-Up of tree with White House Ornaments and Children Photo Decor

Candy tree with Porcelain Nativity Scene from Germany

Close Up of Carved Lanzones Wood of the Nativity Scene

Christmas Toys Collection (1960's)

Hello Santa Claus, and my two Chihuahuas( Squeezed them hard-and they will say, I love You)

Christmas Wreath in our Front Porch

The Christmas season always reminds me of the following article in my Hubpages.com account:
https://hubpages.com/travel/the-philippines-nation-of-fiestas-and-festivals

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Recent and Old Photographs from My Album

My apple I-pod finally got updated, so I can take pictures and have it uploaded in my PC. Here are two photos that I took recently.

My pineapple plant in the Planter still green, but will probably die soon when the winter chills arrive. It is just too big to put it inside the house

Still have some summer blooms in the front entrance of our house.

Christmas Lights of Ditas House, 2018

Here are some old but memorable photos from my album:

Macrine and I dancing the Tango, 1999

Macrine on her BS Nursing Graduation, 1981, Pinole, California


Clouds over Amoingon Bay, Boac, Marinduque, 2013


Chateau Du Mer-Our Second Home, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines, 2015

The Katague Clan during our 60th Wedding Anniversary, 2017

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Burning Hell in Paradise

Paradise is a town in Butte County, California, United States in the Sierra Nevada foothills above the northeastern Sacramento Valley.

As of the 2010 census, the town population was 26,218. On November 8, 2018, a major wildfire, the Camp Fire, destroyed most of Paradise and the adjacent Concow communities.

Macrine first cousin and husband resides in Paradise, California. Luckily their home was spared from the latest fire, the worst in the history of Wildfires in California. In case you have been sleeping and not watching television, here's a brief summary from the news( videos) as well as comments from the FaceBook page of Macrine's first cousin. Macrine's first cousin grow up in Laylay, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines.

November 8, 2018 Posting: Family and Friends❤️ Thank you for all your phone calls, text, messages and concern. We made it safely to Sacramento despite of the heavy traffic and staying with our good friend. We hope and pray that our home is still standing and for everyone’s safety πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

November 25, 2018 Posting: Just read from a friend’s posting in FB ... she STATED.... “our neighborhood of 54 houses in the lower part of Paradise is the ONLY COMMUNITY that survived the CAMP FIRE completely intact. She learned from local TV station. Our neighborhood has its own water and sewage system.. all our services up now. Defensible space around the entire neighborhood is what saved our houses”..

AGAIN.... Jim and I, as well as Tom and Jerry appreciate all your prayers and concern ❤️❤️❤️. NO WORDS CAN EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO ALL FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS.... PLEASE, LET’S CONTINUE OUR PRAYERS FOR ALL THE VICTIMS WHO LOST EVERYTHING and THEIR LOVED ONES AND STILL MISSING.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» PARADISE WILL RISE AGAIN! GOD BLESS US ALL❤️.

November 26, 2018 Posting: CAMP FIRE 100% contained πŸ™πŸ» FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART ..THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS..
Sharing our green lawn with God’s Creature ❤️so happy to see them back in the neighborhood and know they made it❤️time not to be selfish because they lost their foods in the fireπŸ˜ͺ



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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Macrine's Physical Therapy Sessions and Her Home Health Aides


Blossom Ridge Home Health provides physical therapy services for Macrine three times a week. I am pleased with the services of Crystal, the physical therapist assigned to Macrine ( see photo). Crystal has a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She is very knowledgeable with a very pleasant personality and really care for her patients. Also in the photo is Mele (Tonga-American), one of the four home health aides that David and I hired to help us take care of Macrine's needs.

There are days when Macrine feel good and she can walk more than 75 feet around the house. However, there are days when she could barely stand.

The physical therapy session has really helped her strengthen her legs muscles. The goal would be that she can walk with minimum supervision and hopefully we can go again to Thunder Valley Casino in the near future. Please continue your prayers for Macrine's complete recovery.

Macrine enjoying her blueberry muffins for breakfast

Macrine and Amy ( Home Health Aide) after a Nice Hot Shower. Amy is employed by Blossom Ridge. She is doing an excellent job for Macrine Bathing needs.

Macrine enjoying her bear claws pasty with Lulu and David

Lulu ( Mexican-American) is one of the Home health aide( Helping Hearts) that help Macrine on Wednesday and Fridays from 9AM to 1PM. Lulu also helps Macrine with her exercises and urge her to play the piano.

Macrine has another home health aide, Mindy( Partners-in Care), a Filipina-American who comes on Tuesday and Thursday from 9AM to 1PM.
Mindy emptying Macrine's poly catherer and rinsing it with Saline

Mindy also does some light housekeeping ( vacuuming and doing the laundry) when Macrine is taking a nap.

On weekends, besides Mele, we have Letty helped us.
Macrine trying to wake up with teaspoon of Coffee given by Letty, one of our private home aide on weekends.

This posting is thanking all of you mentioned in this blog for helping me and David take care of Macrine's needs. Your Christmas Gift from See's Candies will be given to you on your last day of service prior to Christmas Day.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Alexa-Our Early Christmas Gift from David III

We finally have Alexa at home. For our Christmas gift this year, David purchased Alexa Apps, yesterday. I enjoyed asking Alexa for the weather information, increase or decrease the volume of music from Heart Radio( Julio Iglesias), news and other information from the Internet. Alexa can tell jokes and stories also. If you tell her you love her, she will respond, how sweet or that's nice!.


What is Alexa? Amazon Alexa, known simply as Alexa, is a virtual assistant developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.

Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Users are able to extend the Alexa capabilities by installing "skills" (additional functionality developed by third-party vendors, in other settings more commonly called apps such as weather programs and audio features).

Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Alexa); other devices (such as the Amazon mobile app on iOS or Android) require the user to push a button to activate Alexa's listening mode. Currently, interaction and communication with Alexa are only available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. In November 2017, Alexa became available in the Canadian market in English only. As of September 2017, Amazon had more than 5,000 employees working on Alexa and related products. ( From Wikipedia)

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas Shopping Online is Fun and Easy


Last week, I started my Christmas shopping online. There were no crowds to fight and hustling for a parking space in the Mall. I did this to purchase gift cards. I have to give gifts to my six home health aides. I decided a $25 gift certificate from See's Candies is appropriate.

I have also to give gifts to my six grandchildren. This year a $50 gift certificate from Best Buy is all I can afford. Last year I gave $100 cash to my six grand children. This year my budget has been stretched to the limit because of the home health care expense for Macrine that I am paying on my own( not covered by my Federal Medical insurance and Medicare). With regards to my four adult children and one daughter in-law, I may also give them gift cards if I have no time shopping in the Mall or online. With gift cards, there is no problem of returned gifts. With the gift card they can buy whatever they need this Christmas season.

Besides the gift cards, I also purchased three items for the house and one item for Macrine, FREE of shipping charges. The free shipping was only available from Walmart with no minimum amount of purchase. Other stores ( JC Penny, Macy and Sears) required a minimum of $50 purchase to get free shipping. You can also save shipping charges if you pick up the merchandize in the store nearest you, instead of shipping it to your residence.

If you have not done shopping online, try it. It is so easy and convenient. If you love the crowds, Online shopping is not for you.

Recent News on Shopping Online by Americans: Americans are big-time online shoppers, according to a new survey by NPR and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. And by “online shoppers,” most shoppers mean Amazon.com. But just because they’ve bought things online doesn’t mean Americans are turned off by shopping at small retailers or brick and mortar stores of any size. Most of those who have shopped online say they prefer shopping in a brick and mortar store.

Advance Merry Christmas to you all!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Visit from a Former Dorm Mate and UPSCAn from the University of the Philippines

If you recognize anyone in this photo, please contact me. ( UPSCANs, 1956-1957)

Last Thanksgiving Day, I had a surprise visit from a former dorm mate from the University of the Philippines South Dorm ( Narra Hall) and also a fellow UPSCAN.

Dr Felix Llamido, MD and son ( resident of Los Angeles) visited us Thanksgiving day morning just to see Hello and get reacquainted and met Macrine in person. Felix and I were dorm mates from 1955 to 1959 and also active with the University of the Philippines Student Catholic Action (UPSCA).

The photo above was taken in 1956 during an UPSCA picnic in Los Banos, Laguna. Felix is kneeling in front with the newspaper. ( He claimed I bought the newspaper-but I do not remember). I am at the back row, standing 3rd from the left. I do not remember the names of other UPSCANs in the photograph except for Connie Del Rosario and Viven Villaflor. I believe the person on my left is Dr Viven Villaflor from Dagupan, Pangasinan, also another dorm mate at that time.

About two months ago, I received a note from Felix after he saw my picture in my blogs. We communicated that he will be in Dixon, CA to visit his ailing older sister on November 22. I asked him if he could drop by since Dixon is only about 20 minutes drive from us. He said he will try.

Felix practiced medicine in Long Island, New York for a number of years. He is now retired in Fort Myers, Florida and has a son residing in Los Angeles area. Here's a short biography of Felix from the Internet via google.

Dr. Felix Llamido is a plastic surgeon in Fort Myers, Florida. He received his medical degree from University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1963 and has been in practice for more than 40 years. He is 79 years old.

Here's what I found about Viven Villaflor, MD in the Internet

Dr. Vivencio Villaflor, is the owner of Villaflor Hospital, the biggest hospital in Pangasinan.. Villaflor is a proud ( Philippine Veteran Affairs Office (PVAO) scholar. He finished his medicine(UP) through PVAO educational benefit. — in Dagupan, Pangasinan.




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Our First Taste of Dungeness Crab this Season-Climate Change Report


I purchased 3 Dungeness Crab at Food Maxx yesterday. The 3 crabs costs me $29. The last time we tasted Dungeness was last year. My stomach was aching and mouth watering when I saw the crabs. I was planning to cook honey baked ham and potato souffle, but when I saw the crabs, our dinner menu was changed. We ate the crabs with gusto. It was delicious and worth every penny I spent. I hope the price will decrease soon as the supply will exceed the demand.

The Crab Industry is directly related to climate changes and global warming. Here's the latest news on California Dungeness Crab fishery*.

“California’s Dungeness crab fishery is one of the most progressively designed and collaboratively managed fisheries on the West Coast,” Oppenheim said, while warning of possible long term problems due to global warming. “Our crab populations are stable and doing well. Yet climate change continues to threaten crab fisheries in complex and unpredictable ways.”

“In California alone,” he said, “Dungeness crab fishing is worth $50-$60 million to the local economy. Losing this economic driver would mean disaster to fishing families and would be an irreplaceable loss to Bay Area culture. We can’t allow that to happen, and that’s why we’re taking a stand now.”

This week, the federation of crab fishermen in California and Oregon filed a lawsuit that seeks to hold 30 fossil fuel companies responsible for contributing to climate change that has warmed oceans, leading to the crab-season delays in recent years and the resulting economic hit to the industry. Oppenheim said the 2015-16 closure cost the fishermen and folks up and down the supply chain $110 million in lost revenue.

“Climate change is impacting the oceans by increasing average sea temperatures, increasing the frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, destabilizing and disturbing marine wildlife populations, affecting ocean circulation, and increasing the frequency and severity of harmful algal blooms,” the group said in its lawsuit. “These changes threaten both the productivity of commercial fisheries and safety of commercially harvested seafood products. In so doing, they also threaten those that rely on ocean fisheries and ecosystems for their livelihoods, by rendering it at times impossible to ply their trade.” *(https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/11/15/fishermen-head-out-on-opening-day-of-the-2018-recreational-dungeness-crab-season/).

Donald Trump pay attention to climate change and global warming! For the latest climate assessment report read:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/climate/highlights-climate-assessment.html
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