If this is your first time in my site, welcome! Chateau Du Mer is a beach house and a 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. 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

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Health Benefits of Indoor and House Plants

Effective Placement of Indoor Plants for Decoration: Photo Credit: Yong Nieva

I have always enjoy houseplants and indoor plants as a home decor since we bought our first home in Kansas City, Missouri in the early 1960's. I was not really aware, conscious and knowledgeable how it improves your health, until a few years ago when I started reading and searching the Internet.

Today's blog is inspired when I learned a few weeks ago that Macrine's first cousin wife has started decorating their beautiful condo in Makati with huge indoor plants. Also, yesterday, I learned that my grand daughter in Graduate School in the East Coast,  is now into collecting houseplants in her apartment. 
Color and Lines of Indoor Plants make it effective for home decor-Photo Credit: Yong Nieva

Here are eight houseplants that can help solve a few common health-related problems. My two favorites are the spider and snake plants. I have these two plants in our house for several years now and are still thriving. 

1. Spider Plant

Spider plants are great for removing formaldehyde from the air in your home. This is the stuff that comes from all sorts of things you bring into your home including paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues, paper towels, napkins, particle board, plywood paneling and synthetic fabrics.

If you have poor indoor air quality and not much of a green thumb, a spider plant may be exactly what you need. It’s one of the easiest plants to care for and can be kept in less sunny places in your home since it typically doesn’t like to be placed under direct sunlight.

A spider plant can grow in any type of soil and only needs to be watered occasionally. If you can remember to water it often enough that its soil stays moist, then that’s all you really need to keep this plant alive and thriving.

2. Aloe Vera

Chances are you’ve probably heard of or used commercially sold medicinal creams or ointments that say they contain aloe vera on their labels. Despite a lack of scientific evidence that aloe vera has any substantial healing properties, it’s been used for thousands of years as a common natural remedy to soothe irritated skin.

The clear, gel-like substance found in the inner part of the leaf can be applied directly to the skin. According to WebMD, people typically use it to help treat burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores. Make sure you speak to your doctor first in case you have any allergies.

Aloe vera plants need to be deeply watered and their soil left to dry just slightly (about 1 to 2 inches deep) between watering. They do very well with lots of sun but can turn brown if they get too much of it, so keeping your aloe vera plant under indirect sunlight is best.

3. Lavender

Lavender is a flowering plant that has a very gentle and pleasant aroma. Best known for its stress-relieving mental benefits, the scent of lavender is often used in spa products like bath salts, skincare creams, soaps and candles.

You can place a lavender plant anywhere in your home, but putting it in your bedroom is especially helpful since it may help you sleep better. Catching a whiff of lavender may help soothe restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Lavender plants prefer well-drained soil and lots of sunlight. They also need deep watering, but be careful not to water them very often. Aim to water your lavender plant when the soil is nearly dry.

4. English Ivy

Nobody ever wants to think about the possibility of mold thriving in their home. If you’re worried about it, bringing an English ivy plant into your home can help you rest easy since it’s well-known to purify up to 94 percent of airborne mold particles that can trigger allergies.

Like the aloe vera plant, English ivy is another great plant to put in your bedroom. If you have asthma or difficulty breathing at night, it can help you breathe easier and get a restful night’s sleep.

Be aware that English ivy is poisonous, so it should be kept well out of reach from children and pets. The plant thrives under fluorescent light but not direct sun, so it’s the perfect houseplant for darker than normal bedrooms with artificial light. Soil should be kept most at all times, but not soggy.

5. Snake Plant

Another great houseplant for the bedroom, the snake plant (also known as the “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue”) is among one of the most popular choices for improving indoor air quality. It actually gets most of its job done at night, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen as you sleep.

Snake plants also remove all sorts of toxins from the air including trichloro ethylene, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and xylene. To optimize its air purifying power throughout your entire home, you’ll likely need more than one plant. Plan to get anywhere from 6 to 8 snake plants that are of waist-high height for optimal air purification.

Considered to be one of the easiest plants to care for, snake plants do great when placed under indirect sunlight. You really don’t have to water them much at all, and they’ll actually grow better if you let them dry out quite a bit between watering.

6. Rosemary

Rosemary is an herb that’s been used in folk medicine for centuries to help improve concentration and memory. It turns out that there may be some merit to this claim since a study conducted by Northumbria University found that people who were exposed to the scent of rosemary essential oil performed better on questionnaires compared to people who were exposed to no scent at all.

The memory-boosting component of rosemary is thought to be caused by a compound called 1,8-cineole, which may cause increases in a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Although you may be able to take advantage of a more potent scent by using rosemary essential oil with a diffuser in your home, it doesn’t hurt to keep a rosemary plant nearby in places like your home office or any other room where you could use a mental boost.

Rosemary can be planted in a pot and put in any spot where it has access to bright sunlight. It should be watered evenly throughout the growing season, but will need less water in the winter. Avoid over-watering and remember to trim your rosemary plant after it flowers.

7. Peace Lily

Peace lilies will really compliment your home decor in the summer when their beautiful white flowers are in full bloom, but that’s not all that they can do. This pretty and powerful houseplant is a master of air pollutant removal – working hard to absorb ammonia, benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene throughout your home.

Since this is a flowering houseplant, it will produce some pollen and a floral scent, which isn’t always suitable for people with plant and pollen-related allergies. With that in mind, peace lilies can make a gorgeous addition to any dining table, side table or entryway table.

Peace lilies should be planted in a pot with all-purpose soil and kept slightly most throughout the entire year (without overwatering). They can thrive in both low and bright light, but do best in shaded areas.

8. Boston Fern

If you live in a location where humidity tends to be a problem, the Boston fern may be the most ideal houseplant to bring into your home. Said to be a natural humidifier, Boston ferns are among the best air purifying plants that also combat formaldehyde, xylene and other unwanted toxins.

Place this type of fern in any air-conditioned room of your home. It may also indirectly benefit any dry skin you may suffer from, which can often be a side effect of highly air-conditioned indoor spaces.

Boston ferns are easy to grow and prefer indirect sunlight, but you should check the soil daily to make sure that it’s kept moist. They’re most efficient in rooms kept at a cool temperature with a humidity level of 50 to 80 percent.

Never discount the power of what a simple and innocent looking houseplant can do for your health. It’s worth doing some further research on the type of plant you choose and how to care for it if it means it will make a difference in how you feel.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Governor Newsom and Family are My Townmates in Fair Oaks, California

It was only last week that I learned that Governor Gauvin Newsom and family
are my town mates here in Fair Oaks, California.  They have moved to their new residence since last year, but I just learned of it last week. Their residence is only about 2.5 miles from our residence. Unlike former Governor Arnold S., I have never met Governor Newsom in person, but I admired him very much. The governor is currently Ditas ( my youngest daughter) Big Boss.

Last week, I saw in the TV news, small crowds of protestors were picketing in the gate of the mansion. I got curious so I did some internet search and here's what I learned.

The house was purchased in 2019 by a company registered to Newsom's cousin, Jeremy Scherer, co-president of PlumpJack, a hospitality company founded by Newsom. The cost was 3.7 million and according to Zillow.com, it is the most expensive house in Fair Oaks.  Controversy about the purchase is also on the news.

The 12,000 square-foot home is "more kid-friendly" for the four Newsom children, all under 10, said Newsom spokesman Nathan Click. The family plans to move, along with their two dogs and rabbit, once their new house is renovated in a few months. It has 6 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in eight acres of manicured landscaping over looking the Sacramento Bluff and Bar.

A Realtor's invitation described the Fair Oaks property as a "sophisticated Santa Barbara Montecito-styled home within over eight acres of park-like setting" including a wine cellar, pool, guest house and tennis court.

 For details read:

Here's more photos of the mansion:

However,  the Official Residence of the Governor of California is located in Mid-Town Sacramento.

The Historic Governor's Mansion of California, is the official residence of the Governor of California. It is located at 1526 H Street in Sacramento. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The mansion was home to thirteen governors and their families, from George Pardee in 1903 to Ronald Reagan for four months in 1967. After nearly fifty years as a public museum, the mansion resumed its role as an official residence in 2015, when then-Governor Jerry Brown moved into the property with his wife.

The thirty-room, three story Second Empire-Italianate Victorian mansion was built in 1877 for local hardware merchant Albert Gallatin, who sold it to businessman Joseph Steffens, the father of journalist Lincoln Steffens, in 1887. The State of California purchased the house in 1903 to serve as the governor's mansion. Many furnishings remain from former governors, including Pardee's 1902 Steinway piano, velvet chairs and sofas belonging to Governor Hiram Johnson, and Persian rugs bought by the wife of Earl Warren. The structure has been renovated a number of times over the years. In 1967 after the Reagans moved out, the mansion was turned into a museum and opened to the public. The third floor of the mansion has been closed to the public since the 1990s.

Meanwhile enjoy this photo of my first okra harvest this year
and Carlos Avila ( Macrine's nephew )piano rendition Of Embraceable You


Friday, July 31, 2020

Too Much and Never Enough-How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man

I just finished reading Mary Trump's book-Too Much and Never Enough. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it to all readers, Pro or Anti-Trump. It is a must read. Thank you David III for buying it for me.

The book confirms that Potus is deceitful, obnoxious, narcissist, arrogant, liar, dishonest, tactless, racist, uneducated, misogynistic and pompous. If you don't agree read the book. Here's a summary from Wikipedia.

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man is a tell-all book written by Mary L. Trump, a niece of Donald Trump. It was published on July 14, 2020, by Simon & Schuster. The book provides an insider look to the Trump family dynamics, reveals details about financial dealings, including the author's work as the anonymous source who revealed the suspected tax fraud to The New York Times. The Trump family launched a lawsuit in an attempt to stop its publication but was unsuccessful in delaying the release of the book.

The book's author, Mary L. Trump, a clinical psychologist is a daughter of Fred Trump Jr., and a granddaughter of Fred Trump Sr. She has taught graduate students in the subjects of trauma, psychopathology, and developmental psychology. She has written a dissertation on stalking victims, conducted research on schizophrenia, and written parts of the prominent medical manual Diagnosis: Schizophrenia. Mary's father died in 1981 at the age of 42 from a heart attack due to alcoholism.

Following the death of Fred Sr. in 1999, Mary and her brother, Fred III, contested Fred Sr.'s will in probate court, claiming that Fred Sr. was suffering from dementia, and the will was "procured by fraud and undue influence" by Fred Sr.'s other children, Donald, Maryanne, and Robert. A week later, Donald, Maryanne, and Robert terminated health insurance coverage for Fred III's son, William, an 18-month old with epileptic spasms. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Mary said that her "aunt and uncles should be ashamed of themselves. I'm sure they are not." The suit was settled, with William's health insurance reinstated. Donald in 2016 explained his actions: "I was angry because they sued."

After her uncle's presidential campaign, Mary Trump came into contact with The New York Times, and provided boxes of tax documents from the Trump family as an anonymous source. The documents were used for a 2018 article that detailed financial fraud by Trump that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner.

Barstow pursued Mary Trump with an offer to ghostwrite a book for her. He introduced her to Andrew Wylie, his agent, who offered her a multi-million dollar advance for her participation. Craig and Buettner were angry when they found out about this, and the editors of the Times forbade Barstow from writing the book, as they felt that his involvement would breach the Times ethical guidelines. Mary Trump ended up working with Jay Mandel of WME, and sold her book's publishing rights to Simon & Schuster in an auction.

Here's a couple of reviews from readers:

1. I listened to the audio version of her book and it confirmed, and also provided some interesting info I was not aware of, of how twisted the family is. To this day I’m still trying to wrap my head around how people thought electing a fraud and reality TV guy with zero experience would be a great choice for President.

As someone who is still in therapy recovering from dysfunction in my own family, I was told that it’s usually the sensitive and observant member of a dysfunctional family who seeks out help and tries to figure out the family dynamics. They recognize the issues and see the pattern and want to ensure they don’t suffer from the same, and even protect others from succumbing to the same abusive behavior.

I don’t think Mary’s sexual orientation is a factor in her recognizing how things were amiss. I believe she is a sensitive, caring person who picked up on the toxicity at an early age, particularly seeing the ill treatment her father received and sought to find out why and how not to become the next victim of their horrendous behavior.


Mary Trump’s book, of all the books that will be written of this failed leader will be at the forefront of “must “ read for historians now and in the future. Bravo Mary.


Just finished this book last night! It validates what I had already ascertained as a clinician. Hope others make sure to read this!

Meanwhile, enjoy these photos of my okra and ampalaya( bitter melon) just starting to fruit:

My ampalaya ( bitter melon) and Okra just starting to fruit!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The First Filipinos Landed in Morro Bay, California in 1587

On 18 October 1587, the first Filipinos landed in what is now the Continental United States at Morro Bay in Upper California. They arrived aboard the Nuestra Señora de Buena Esperanza, which had sailed from Portuguese Macao, as part of the Manila galleon trade. During about three days of travels ashore around Morro Bay, the crew of the Nuestra Señora de Buena Esperanza came in contact with the Chumash people, ultimately resulting in the deaths of two crew members: one Spaniard and one Filipino.

Departing Morro Bay after the deaths of the crew members, the Nuestra Señora de Buena Esperanza eventually reached its intended destination of Acapulco. No other Filipino landed in California until 1595. In 1995, a monument on Morro Bay was dedicated to commemorate the events of 1587. October has been designated as Filipino American History Month since 2009 in recognition of these events.(Source: Wikipedia).

During the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade era from 1565 to 1815 Spanish galleons crossed the pacific between the Philippines and Mexico. On October 18, 1587, the Manila Galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza commanded by Pedro de Unamuno entered Morro Bay near here. A landing party was sent to shore which included Luzon Indios, marking the first landing of Filipinos in the continental United States. The landing party took official possession of the area for Spain by putting up a cross made of branches. The group was attacked by native Indians two days later, and one of the Filipinos was killed. Unamuno and his crew gave up further exploration of this part of the coast.

Historical Landmark Declared by the
Filipino American National Historical Society
California Central Coast Chapter
Dedicated October 21, 1995
Meanwhile enjoy this photo from my album:

One of the many orchids ( Princess Mikasa) in the Gardens of Chateau Du Mer,  Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Friday, July 24, 2020

Life is Short, so Enjoy it to the Fullest

It is summer time here in Northern California and we are staying home due to Covid-19 or the Trump virus according to Nancy Pelosi.   It is indeed time for some inspirational readings! My wife and I are Octogenarians and soon we will leave Mother Earth, so we will try to enjoy life to the fullest!

🔹Love God and others More!✔
🔹Take time to PRAY and Read the Word of God! ✔
🔹Drink Plenty of water. ✔
Breakfast like a KING,
Lunch like a Prince &
Dinner like a pauper. ✔
🔹Live with the 3 E's--
Enthusiasm &
🔹Play good games.✔
🔹Read more books than you did in 2018.✔
🔹Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.✔
🔹Sleep for 7 hours.✔
🔹Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily And while you walk...😊 Smile.✔
🔹Don't over do. Keep your limits.✔
🔹Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.✔
🔹Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.✔
🔹Dream more while you are awake.✔
🔹Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.✔
🔹Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present Happiness.✔
🔹Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.✔
🔹Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.✔
🔹No one is in charge of your happiness except you.✔
🔹Smile and Laugh More.✔
🔹You don't have to win every argument, Agree to disagree. ✔
🔹Call your family often.✔
🔹Each day give something good to others.✔
🔹Forgive everyone for everything.✔
🔹Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.✔
🔹Try to make at least three people smile each day.✔
🔹What other people think of you is none of your business.✔
🔹Do the right thing!✔
🔹GOD heals everything.✔
🔹However good or bad a situation is, it will change.✔
🔹No matter how you feel, Get up, Dress up and Show up. The best is yet to come.✔
🔹When awake in the morning Thank GOD for it.✔
🔹Your Inner most is always happy...
So, be Happy. ✔
FROM:Jone Jingco Haimer
Building this beach house is one of our life's fullest enjoyment!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Meet Ditas Katague-A Proud Filipino-American

Last week an article on Ditas work as California Census 2020 Director were published in four newspapers, namely the Ethnic Media Services, The Asian Journal, India Currents and the most recent was in the USA Inquirer.

There was a minor error in the article stating about my medical practice.  I corrected it in the Comment Section as well as in my comments in my FB Page. The articles are as follows in case you have not read it:

I also mentioned in the comment section that Ditas is my youngest daughter. As a child she was very competitive with her two older brothers and an older sister. I also commented that both my wife and are not only very proud of Ditas accomplishments, but also the accomplishments of her older siblings in the field of Law (Dodie), Banking( Dinah) and Federal Service(David Ernst III).

Here are the Linkedin Bio Data of our four children:

For David E.: My youngest son David E. Katague III is a Transportation Security Officer, TSA in Sacramento. He had this job since 2005. His former employment was at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Information Technology Consultant. Before that he was a Policy Analyst at the Executive Office of the President from Aug 1992 to Sept 1995 (Washington, DC).

He has two degrees as follows: From Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters Degree in Public Policy & Public Management(1986 - 1988) and from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor Science degree in Agricultural & Managerial Economics(1982 - 1986).

Meanwhile, enjoy this photo of our latest dinner:

Friday, July 17, 2020

I Cooked Oyster Rockefeller Yesterday

Yesterday was not a special day. But I felt I should cooked one of my favorite dishes to celebrate Filipino-American Pride. My Filipino-American Pride was recently aroused by four articles about Ditas-my youngest daughter. She is the Director of California Census 2020. The article featured her as an accomplished Filipina-American. https://usa.inquirer.net/56853/californias-fil-am-census-head-fights-for-own-community-to-get-counted )

Served with Garlic Bread and White Zinfandel with Peach Ice Cream for Dessert

For details and recipe/preparation read:

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Be Proud if you are a Filipino-American

With 2020 Census ending by October 31, 2020 my daughter Ditas who is currently Director of the California 2020 Census and her daughter, Carenna who is multi-racial ( half-Filipino, 1/4 Italian and 1/4 Irish) proudly listed in their 2020 census forms, they are Filipino-Americans.

Filipino Americans are the largest group of Asian Americans in 10 of the 13 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, Wyoming; Filipino Americans are also the largest group of Asian Americans in South Dakota. Filipino immigrants have dispersed across the United States, gravitating toward economic and professional opportunities, independent of geographic location. Among the 1,814,000 Philippines-born Filipino Americans, the states with the largest concentrations are California (44.8%), Hawaii (6.2%), New Jersey (4.8%), Texas (4.8%), and Illinois (4.7%),

In 2008, 35% of Filipino immigrants in the United States lived in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City metropolitan areas; by 2011, the percentage of the total Filipino immigrant population in the U.S. in those metropolitan areas was 33%. In 2010, Filipino Americans constituted the largest Asian American group within five of the nation's twenty largest metropolitan areas: San Diego, Riverside, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and Houston.

Ditas is working very hard that all Californians are counted this Census year, specifically Filipino-Americans. Be Proud of your Heritage if you are a Filipino-American.

Again here's one of the articles on Ditas Census work as published in the USA Inquirer in case you have not read it.


Meanwhile, enjoy these two videos on Growing up as Filipino-Americans :

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