Planning to Visit the Philippines Soon?

There are hundreds of tourists attractions in the Philippines. But as a lover of the Island of Marinduque (Home of the Morions and Heart of the Philippines), I am indeed partial to its beauty, charm and its friendly and hospitable residents. Therefore, help me achieve my dream of seeing this island becomes a world tourist destination, by telling all your friends and relatives about this site. Welcome, to you all, new readers and faithful followers of this site! The photo above is Poctoy White Beach in Torrijos, Marinduque with beautiful and majestic Mt Malindig in the background. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing your copyrights. Please do not forget to read the latest National and International news in the right side bar of this blog!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Photos from a Recent Wedding Reception at Chateau Du Mer

Chateau Du Mer has hosted a number of wedding receptions since it was opened to the public several years ago. The following is a typical example of a romantic and lovely wedding reception both in the beach house and Hall. The photos were taken by Toby Jamilla during the Luzares-Montalban wedding reception at Chateau Du Mer Beach House and Conference Hall just recently.

I have the permission of the bride and groom as well as the photographer to put the following photos in my blogs. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom! What a Romantic and Lovely Wedding Reception.

The Beautiful Bride the Night Before the Wedding in the Bedroom of the Beach House

The Groom's Party in front of the Stairs of the Beach House(Conference Hall in the background)

The Bride's Family in front of the Beach House( Amoingon Beach in the background)

The bride inside the Beach House. Notice the Capiz shells Door.
The next four photos were taken in the Conference Hall during the Wedding Reception Ceremonies




Chateau Du Mer is opened all year round. For more information and rates call:

SIONY JAMBALOS –(Boac) 042-332-1754

DAVID B KATAGUE (US)-916-961-3365

E-mail: tagaboac@comcast.net

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ten Years of Personal Blogging this Summer


Next month will be my 10th year of personal blogging. I can not believe, I have attained this achievement.

According to the article below 95% of bloggers give up between 31 to 33 months. This applies to both Lifestyle Blogging (LB) and Personal Blogging (PB).

For details about Lifestyle and Personal blogging read the following: https://www.writelaughdream.com/the-blog/personal-vs-lifestyle


I have been doing Personal Blogging since the summer of 2008. As of today I have written more than 2000 articles on almost all subjects based on my life experiences. Total page views from my 8 blogs is now over 3 million viewers. I have about 100 viewers daily(total) and more than 500 comments as of today. My most commented blog with over 250 comments is http://lifeinus1960present.blogspot.com/.

In addition to my blogs, I have also a writing account with Hubpages.com ( Owned by Maven). I have written 32 Hubs(long articles) but only 12 are featured as of today. Twenty of my articles are not featured due to low traffic or readers. I will appreciate if you also visit my Hubpages.com account in addition to my blogs.

I do not write about politics, religion or sexual topics except on a few cases. These three subjects are controversial and attract more viewers, readers as well as comments. However, since I do not earn my living on my blogs, the number of viewers/readers is not my primary goal. My goal is to receive comments from my blogs. Knowing that readers like my blogs by clicking LIKE or sharing it in their Face Book page makes me happy. So here is the primary reason why I am still blogging for almost ten years as of this month.

I enjoy writing and blogging exercises my aging brain. Receiving positive comments( i.e., informative and/or inspirational) on my blogs is an ego boost!

For details why 95% of bloggers quit read the following: http://feveredmutterings.com/95-percent-bloggers-give-up

For details on how I started blogging read the following: https://davidbkatague.blogspot.com/2014/01/blogging-has-saved-my-life_4.html

I hope you continue reading my blogs. Have a Great Summer wherever you are in this Planet Earth!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Grand Daughter Marina Brewster Katague Graduating Today

My second youngest grand daughter, Marina, youngest daughter of Dodie ( my oldest son) is graduating today with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Congratulations Marina!

Dodie informed us last week, that Marina has already a job offer at the university and has a contract for three years. So for now her goal of going to medical school is on hold. So Dodie and wife Ruth are free of college expenses. Dodie plans to early retire next year. He and wife Ruth plan on travelling all over the world. Dodie also plans on finishing his second novel, Devil's Mountain during his retirement years. Six months after retirement, he plans on working part time back in his office as a Prosecuting Attorney for Contra Costa County, Martinez, California.

This month I have learned of many families with graduating children. Two weeks ago, one of the CNA's at ManorCare called in sick. In reality he did not go to work, because his oldest son was graduating from high school. Last Saturday, our favorite Pinoy grocery store was closed. Today I asked her why it was closed. She said it was graduation day of her oldest son in college.

Macrine and I have now five grand children with Bachelor Degrees. One more to go. Looking fo ward for that day and hope I will still be kicking and alive when Carenna my youngest grand daughter graduates from college.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dodie, Sierra and the Wheel Chair Ramp

Sierra, Ditas Dog enjoying the wheel chair ramp built by Dodie and David III yesterday

Last week Dodie and David built a wheel chair ramp from our patio to the garage so we can easily transport Macrine to all her doctor's appointment without hurting our back lifting her. The next day Ditas and Carenna visited us bringing Dimsum goodies from downtown Sacramento. Thank you again, Dodie and David. Also Thank you Ditas and Carenna for the visit prior to your planned summer trips all over the US, Hawaii and Iceland.

The last 22 days had been hectic when Macrine was still in Rehab. Someone has to be with her 24 hours because of the danger of Falling. David and I as well as the caretaker alternated watching Macrine during her stay at Manor Care. Since we paid extra for a private room I was able to sleep in Macrine's room in a recliner chair ( not too comfortable). However, thank you Lord I survived the 22 days without a major back ache.

During my stay at the Rehab, I got to know more than a dozen Filipino-Americans nurses and CNA's( certified nursing assistants). One nurse is working double shift to save money for a down payment for a house. Another nurse is working in another nursing home, so he can save money for his child college education. A CNA Dad's recently died. She had a power struggle with relatives in Northern Cebu of the burial procedure of her Dad. She wanted her Dad cremated here in US which will save her money. Her relatives in Cebu wanted the body shipped to the Philippines. The estimated cost at that time was closed to $8000 versus $2000 for cremation here in US. Of course her relatives in the Philippines expected her to pay for all the expenses. She said her relatives in the Philippines thinks she is rich here in US and money just grow on the trees and ready to be harvested any time. I heard of this a hundred fold before! What a misconception of life here in the US.

A typical private room at Manor Care, Citrus Heights, California

Again, I am thanking all friends and relatives who wished for Macrine's rapid recovery via telephone calls, visit, and FB messages. May your tribe increase and hopefully you have a good and cool summer season wherever you are.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Have You Tasted a Macopa Fruit?


When I was growing up in the Philippines (late 1930's), we have a macopa (tambis) tree in our backyard. Here in the US it is called Jambu Wax Apple or Mountain Apple.

I have not tasted the fruit since then. Recently a FB friend posted a picture of the macopa fruit( from her backyard) that aroused my interest and reminded me of the taste of this delicious fruit. The blog below list all of the tropical fruits growing abundantly in my orchard in Boac, Marinbduque. Needless to say, the macopa tree is not in the list.

I did some search and here's what I found: ( see reference).

Macopa – Syzygium samarangense – is a tropical fruit that grows very well in the Philippines. The fruit is bell shaped but the name macopa is from the Spanish word copa which means a goblet or wine glass. If you look at the fruit upside down it resembles a cup. The fruit has light fibers and one seed inside. The color is varied from light green to pink and red to dark maroon coloration. It is often the dark colored one that’s the sweetest of all.

The tree grows up to 12 meters and quite prolific when its time to flower. The flowers are white and keeps flowering even if some fruits are ripe, so you have a continuous supply of macopa all summer long.

The fruit is not so sweet compare to a regular apple, its actually a bit on the bland side. But it is a refreshing fruit and have enough moisture to quench your thirst. Besides, there are healthful benefits (https://drhealthbenefits.com/food-bevarages/fruits/health-benefits-of-macopa-fruits) you can get from this macopa fruit. It contains vitamin C and other antioxidants which are considered cancer-fighters.

There is a fruit called “tambis” in other parts of the country. I’m sure it is in the same family as macopa with a slight difference in size and coloration. Here's also a short video of the fruit for your viewing pleasure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbqabzKaykc

Reference: http://www.maribehlla.com/fruits/macopamountain-apple-2/

*The blog below listed all the fruit trees in my orchard in Amoingon, Boac, Philippines.

planningtovisitthephilippines.blogspot.com/2013/10/tropical-fruits-in-gardens-of-chateau.html

Friday, June 8, 2018

Music for Relaxation and Meditation

Amoingon Beach, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines-Front yard of the Chateau Du Mer Beach House

The last 22 days had been hectic since Macrine had been confined in the rehabilitation hospital. Yesterday she was finally release still with a Poly Catheter because she can not void, But she is on her way to recovery I hope with home health physical therapy. So today, I just feel like relaxing and meditating with the following collection from YouTube.
Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8uvPLsah0s

Track List:

00:00 - Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545
04:08 - Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": I. Allegro
10:39 - Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459: Allegro
22:55 - Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K. 299: II. Andantino
30:27 - Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, K. 447: III. Allegro
34:02 - Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K. 283
37:53 - German Dance, No. 3, K. 605, "Sleigh Ride"
41:14 - Divertimento in B-Flat Major, K. 137, "Salzburg Symphony No. 2"
43:20 - Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183: I. Allegro con brio
50:59 - Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216: III. Rondeau: Allegro
57:42 - Divertimento in D Major, K. 136, "Salzburg Symphony No. 1": I. Allegro
1:01:44 - Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: I. Molto allegro
1:09:14 - Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K. 285
1:13:32 - Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284
1:31:04 - String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
1:41:49 - Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-Flat Major, K. 570


Some Benefits of Listening to Classical Music:
► Stress-relief and relaxation
► Increases concentration and focus
► Improves memory and mental alertness
► Assists with child brain-development
► Lowers blood pressure
► Helps fight depression
► Improves sleep quality in adults and babies

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