March 11, 7th anniversary of Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and devastating tsunami



I assume majority of us Americans do not know  what it feels like to experience a 7 to 9 earthquake /tsunami ( March 11, 2011, in Japan ) , an off -the charts  typhoon ( as in 200 mile/hr super typhoon / 240 mile /hr. wind gust/  tsunami – like storm ocean surge, Nov.11, 2013 in the Philippines) and  the second biggest volcanic eruption of the 20th century and the largest that occurred in a densely populated area (June 11, 1991 in the Philippines ) , tsunami  that originated in Sumatra, and devastated 5 other countries ( Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc , in 2004 ) that caused the death of almost half a million people.


I’m  now remembering the 7th anniversary of  Japan’s 3/11  earthquake and tsunami.



I’ve  been obsessing about this for 2 weeks now, watching all the videos , including the ones in the Philippines.  I am in awe of the destructive forces of nature. The storm in New Orleans was Category 3 when in reached landfall…… the one in the Philippines was more than Category 5 , the highest category , and they said , it  should have been Category 7 if there was such a category.  Filipinos are used to typhoons. They will shrug off Category 3, and maybe Category 5 or more . After all, they get at least 2 dozen typhoons a year.  What devastated the area was the unexpected  tsunami -like storm surge which the country had never experienced before. The people were angry at the warnings because they weren’t told  a tsunami would follow. The Philippine Weather  Bureau did warn of a storm surge over and over , but the people countered they didn’t understand what a storm surge was.  They should have used the term tsunami , instead of  friggin’ storm surge.  Well, I understand the logic.  The contentious interchange would have been comical if it wasn’t so tragic.  What made this event even more tragic was the fact a nearby  Philippine island, Bohol, suffered a 8.0 earthquake a month before Haiyan typhoon.


The Ring of Fire



The Ring of Fire is a horse -shoe shaped  area surrounding the Pacific Oceans….it’s a string of volcanoes, ocean trenches, tectonic plates and intense volcanic and seismic activities.

a)   It is home to 452 volcanoes….. 75% of the world’s active ones are located within this ring.


Mt. Pinatubo eruption, 1991, ( Philippines) second  biggest in 20th century, and caused the lowering of world’s temperature by 1 F  .



2)   Roughly 90% of all the world’s earthquakes occur here.


3)   It stretches about 25,000miles from new Zealand northwest to the Philippines, northeast to Japan, east to Alaska, south to Oregon, California (  San Andreas plate ) Mexico, and the Andes Mountains of South America.




Here’s the thing….. Japan ‘s Tokyo has  one of the most beautiful skyline in the world. The city of  Metro-Manila, Philippines , is currently  #12 in the world’s most beautiful  city skyline. I mean, how many cities are there in the world ?  That means, beautiful skyscrapers, tall buildings, etc.   I hope these 2 cities  are fully prepared for the inevitable. It’s a scary thought.






This is all for now.  Bye and peace.


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* sigh *


DSC00047 (2)A photo of yours truly (  the cute one on the left, lol ) with my lab co workers. The girl on the right is another Filipina. It’s blurry coz I took the pic from our company newsletter.  The girl in the middle won the Ugliest Christmas Sweater.  I didn’t win despite my stupid antler hat.

Our  dairy company has started producing bottled McCafe  for McDonalds and Coca Cola…… additional work for us  microbiologists.  Rest assured, we’ll give you quality products.


I actually  have a lot  to talk about, but I’m not in the mood to write about it at the moment.

Below are random photos of my sister and cousin .


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OK, that’s it.


Oh, wait……


Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat against the world was as subtle as a ten-wheeler truck. The President of the US had no response to that.. zilch,nada, zero…. instead, he started a Twitter fight with actor Alec Baldwin.  Guys……..







Just chillin’.


I guess I have to post something non-political , calm down a little, and chill.

So, I’m just going to post some random photos.


This one’ s amaryllis.  I planted the bulb 2 months ago.  Lovely.



The pic below  are  my Valentine’s Day haul.  p(^w^)p  Chocolates , roses, and Teddy Bear. So cliché. Ha ha !  Darn,  chocolates are my favorites, especially  Ferrero!  I’ve been joining 5k Runs, and at least once a week , I run 10 miles.  One chocolate a day  is okay, I guess  ?





By the way, it annoys me to no end  that people say ” politicians ” are doing nothing about gun control, or at the very least, about banning  the sale of  assault weapons that can fire 1 million bullets a second.  Kindly be specific about the do-nothing politicians…. Don’t just lump them all together….if you cannot say the names of these politicians,  especially those who are beholden to the National Rifle Association ( NRA ) and gun manufacturers, then specify which party… the Democratic Party or the Republican Party ?


Okay. This is all for now.  Thank you for reading. Peace.








Are We There Yet ? Don’t Worry….. America Is Not There , Yet.



Fascism and Authoritarianism are words that are now being thrown around  to describe the administration of the current president of the US.  I had a lengthy conversation with my parents   regarding this matter, and though they are not experts on fascism and authoritarianism,  they did live under dictatorship/authoritarianism in the Philippines  for 16 years.  Not only that, they joined the underground opposition and fought bravely  against the dictatorship , until  Dictator  Ferdinand Marcos and his family were kicked out of the country in 1986 through the People Power Revolution.  As the cliché goes, been there, done that.



So, I asked my parents, “are we there yet ?”  Their verdict :  NO, because luckily, check and balances are  firmly entrenched in American  democracy.  However,  there are hints that POTUS is trying to undermine  the powers of   the Legislative and Judiciary, especially that of the Legislative by bamboozling the members  to rubber stamp the laws  he wants passed, doing away  with  the ethics commitees , or asking the Department of Justice officials investigating him, ” Are you on my team ? ” If not, you’re fired. ( Notice to non- American readers….. POTUS means President of the United States.)


What then is Authoritarianism ? Simply defined, it is a government where power is centralized in one leader. It is safe to assume  that  the leader or president can pretty much do whatever he or she likes, with no constitutional accountability.


POTUS is indeed corrupt,  morally  bankrupt, shamelessly unethical, but, to his credit, he is  not  authoritarian. Not yet, anyway.


Going by the definition of Fascism,   POTUS is not a Fascist, either , and though there are signs  of fascism ,  my parents think  there is no chance he will ever be one.


What is Fascism ? This form of government was started by Benito Mussolini in Italy.  His right – wing authoritarian  government  , supported by armed militia called ” blackshirts ” (  similar to Hitler’s brownshirts ) was , unfortunately, also supported  by  grassroots movements ( peasants, urban poor, even the middle class )  that turned  violent on those who were caught in the middle. So what are these signs of fascism that my parents are hinting at ?  This administration is , without a doubt, a right- wing government, and by all accounts,   is  being supported by people  of  the   ” white supremacist  ” types as Neo- Nazis, the Klan, anti- immigrants , anti- gays,   and , despite POTUS’ un-Christian values and behavior,  has an unwavering support of    Evangelicals.    It is, however,   these white supremacist groups ‘ predilection for violence ( they openly carry high powered weapons at their rallies ) and this president’s public call to ” take care ” of those who protest at his rallies (  ” don’t worry, I’ll pay for your lawyers ” )   that we should pay attention to.  It is akin to Philippine Dictator Ferdinand Marcos’  military knocking on doors of  anti-Marcos  people in the middle of the night and taking them away , never to be seen again. Filipinos called this ” salvaging “.  (  my parents had  to ” hide ” at one point ) .  It is fascism when there are political  human rights violations perpetrated by the powers-that be. Though it is unfair and inaccurate  to compare POTUS to Philippine President Marcos,  the image of  the white supremacy rally at Charlottesville nevertheless  has  a chilling effect on my parents’ sensibility.


There is one ” ism”  that I have not heard of that can very well  describe this  presidency.  It’s called Populism. What is Populism? According to Wikipedia,  it is a political philosophy supporting the rights and powers of the people in their struggle against a privileged elite. This definition  seems to describe the political philosophy  of the Democratic Party.  The Democratic Party is also about Social Security, clean air and water, protection of the environment, affordable health care, protection of workers , LBGTQ rights, etc.    But for decades,  the Republicans have been spreading false narratives that the Democratic Party is all about unfeterred  immigration, ( code for brown skinned immigrants who are rapists , criminals, Musim terrorists ) dole-outs, welfare ,( code for African -Americans ) ,  coddling the ” lazy ” poor, ” they will take away your guns” thing and free stuff.  POTUS  is able to articulate  what has been festering on everyone’s mind in a straight, politically incorrect, and brash manner.


Populism is not only a political philosophy, but is more a rhetorical style wherein Potus, in his demagoguery and rhetorics, clearly  divides the citizens between the elite and the masses….. the elite are the liberal academe/  inteligencia/ bleeding heart Democrats/ the OTHER, ( either non-white or non- Christian )  and the masses   are those who don’t fit into the former category (and that includes the rich and Wall Street )   POTUS speeches have endeared him to racists , to those who fear the surge in immigration and increase in foreign -born citizens who don’t share the  true American value,   and to white, ” hard- working ” blue -collar workers who are traditionally Democrats, but who now feel the party has either forgotten them, or they’ve been put on the back burner, only to be called upon during election time.


So, what exactly is the president of the U.S.?


After a long discussion with my parents  , I am of the opinion that  the current President of the United States is a POPULIST.


This is all for now. Peace and stay cool.  And thank you for reading.


Bye !


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My parents just sent out  the last mortgage payment on our house this week.  They’re  ecstatic. They now truly own the house, and there will be extra cash in their bank account  from now on.  However, there’s still another house they’re paying for, but no problem…. it’s being rented out  and therefore, it’s paying for itself.


I had an enlightening conversation with a co-worker from Afghanistan.  He said he had a hard time finding a job here in the US ( he used to work as an airplane mechanic at a US air base in Afghanistan ). He felt  that because he was a Muslim he was always viewed  as  potential terrorist.  He also joked about him coming from a  sh*thole country.  I blurted out , ”  Me, too ! ”  Then, I suddenly had a mental image of the city where I was born.  Hmmm,  is it really a sh*thole, or just a sh*thouse ?


Here’ s a video of  the capital city of  Manila, Philippines .  It doesn’t really look like a sh*thole , does it ?  But then, that’s just my humble opinion.



And why did HE build a Trump Tower in Manila , and plan to build another one at Clark City, Angeles, Pampanga,  about 4 hours from the metropolis , if he now thinks immigrants from terrorist countries, like the Philippines  are ” animals” ?  Yep, he did mention  the Philippines as one of the   terrorist countries.  Ha Ha Ha !   Who gave him that idiotic,  ridiculous  information ?


Below is the Trump Tower in Manila ( the one on the right )



About Clark City….. it used to be US’s Clark Air Force Base.  It was on lease from the Philippine government  for 99 years, the largest US base /territory outside of the US. When Mt. Pinatubo erupted, the whole base was covered with ash, and since the US was then downsizing all its  military bases outside the US,  the US government  decided to just  bail ,  without renewing the lease which was about to expire , instead of spending billions of dollars to clean up the base .  Now that the Philippine government  has started the conversion of the base to  a  modern, futuristic, green, city ,  we were all surprised to learn  that piece of US property was about 1/2 the size of Metro-Manila. They will also build an international airport to relieve the one in Manila which is already bursting at the seams.  In fact, there’s already an existing excellent international airport at Clark….. it was a US  airforce base, for Pete’s sake. The runway is so long and so well-made that it is actually an alternative landing runway for a space shuttle.


Now, for a bit of fun…..


There’s a town in Angeles near Clark  base named Sexmoan, I kid you not. Well, you know, where there are US soldiers  =  Red light district, strip bars, etc. You know what I mean.  But, that’s been its name for hundreds of years, Spanish colonial era, and it’s pronounced  Ses-mo-wan.  I’m guessing the origin is from Bilbao, Spain. When I was in Bilbao, I saw a lot of letter X in signboards over there.  ( Here I go again, I’m making theories,  he he he , but it makes sense, yeah ? Besides, the Philippines favorite chorizo/sausage is Chorizo de Bilbao…so,  there you go. ) ~_~


Okay, this is it for now.


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Bye ! Thanks for reading. Peace.



This is not a political post, promise


If you ‘re not into politics, don’t worry,  this is not a political post, promise . But, please,  let me vent a little.     I have been hoping  THAT guy ( whose name I shall not utter )  will not  start a nuclear  war . That’s all.  Other than that, I can live a blissful life despite the nefarious existence of  this man     After all,  I believe  I’ve become inured to all the shenanigans that are going on at the White House. Regarding this man’s  remarks about  those immigrants who come from SHITHOLE  COUNTRIES ( and further said he’d rather get immigrants from Norway   ) I  am neither surprised nor outraged . This man is a gadawful racist, we all know that, but   I don’t blame him. I blame those who had enabled this man to be elected, and I’m not even referring to those who directly voted for him, mind you.  They love him.     You know whom I’m referring to, and you know who you are.  Your incomprehensible hatred ( and irrational contempt , and because it’s cool and hip to hate )  of a rival candidate  trumped the potential destruction of everything that we hold dear in America by this man.  I hope you’re satisfied and happy now.


Moving along…….


As the title says, this is not a political post. This is actually a post  acknowledging   @Planet Simon’s Mystery Blogger Award nomination  to yours truly .  Although I’m not nominating bloggers, I’m going to answer interesting  questions he has for his nominees. Here they are:


a) What do you hope to better yourself in this year ?

I hope to better myself in my eating habits. I did eat binge during this past holiday season, ( as expected, of course ), mostly sweet desserts, cakes, heavy meat dishes, etc.  I hope to change that this year and for years to come.


b)  What was your favorite Christmas yummy ?

Oh, dear.  I guess, pork bbq ? (._.”)


c) What in the world now worries you more or want to see changed ?

I worry about pollution of land, air and water resources and the amount of garbage  that humans throw out every second.


d) What’s your favorite biscuit ?

Does this refer to UK biscuit which is actually a cookie here in the US ? If it’s a cookie, I love Macademia nuts//white chocolate cookie.  By the way, in the Philippines ,   snack Filipinos call biscuits is like ” Saltines ” here in the US.  I just bought  ” Skyflakes ” biscuits at the Filipino supermarket  last Saturday.  Filipino girls usually eat ” Skyflakes ” biscuits when they’re dieting, or, according to my mother,  that was her lunch when she’d run out of lunch money  at school.   ” cough ” I’m also on diet, hence , Skyflakes .  So good with coffee or  soda.



e) What s on Netflix right now that you can’t help watching ?


Two…… Planet 2 and  The Charisma of Adolf Hitler.  About the latter…. don’t judge. I just want to know what makes dictators and authoritarians tick.


This is all for now.  Thank you for reading and peace.












It’s backkkk ! !


I know, I know. I’m whining .  In my previous post, I did say ,” problem solved … WordPress , take care of me. ”  Well, folks, it’s back.


The only solution now is to get a new email address . WordPress’s Reader is very unreliable.  Sometimes I see new posts, ( just 2x these past 2 weeks ), sometimes I don’t.


My old email  server doesn’t or can’t accept new posts from blogs that I follow on WordPress.  I still get email notications of LIKES and FOLLOWS, though.



I’ve actually never used Reader to read new posts from bloggers.  It’s so cluttered.  But I had to, after this email debacle.  And then this happened, and have been happening for 2 weeks now.




I thought renewing my Premium would solve the problem.  I was a happy camper for a few hours, then it came back.  No Reader. ( the photo above was taken an hour ago )


I solved it temporarily by clicking on the avatars of the bloggers who LIKED my posts.  However, some of the bloggers’ avatars do not have links to their websites, like @Gardencity’s .  ( I like to read posts on gardening )


So, yeah, this is what I’m dealing now.


I’m going to sign up with gmail, as per the majority’s recommendation.


That’s all.   Bye and peace.